A new candidate material for quantum spin liquids — ScienceDaily

In 1973, physicist and later Nobel laureate Philip W. Anderson proposed a bizarre state of matter: the quantum spin liquid (QSL). Unlike the everyday liquids we know, the QSL actually has to do with magnetism — and magnetism has to do with spin. Disordered electron spin produces QSLs What makes a magnet? It was a […]

Physical distancing polices not enough to protect lower-income people: BU study

A new Boston University School of Public Health study of the first four months of America’s coronavirus epidemic, published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, shows that physical distancing (also called “social distancing”) policies had little effect on lower income people still needing to leave their homes to go to work–but does show them staying […]

3 quakes shake Alaska’s largest city, but no damage reports

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Three earthquakes early Saturday morning shook Alaska’s largest city, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The strongest of the three, at magnitude 5.0, was recorded just before 3:30 a.m.. The Alaska Earthquake Center says that was followed by a magnitude 3.9 quake minutes later. The third earthquake was magnitude […]

New software for fast and easy analysis of environmental microbes — ScienceDaily

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen are developing a user-friendly method to reconstruct and analyze SSU rRNA from raw metagenome data. First the background: Microbiologists traditionally determine which organisms they are dealing with using the small subunit ribosomal RNA or in short SSU rRNA gene. This marker gene allows to […]

Underinsurance is growing, but HSAs aren’t keeping up: BU study

High deductible health plans (HDHPs) have become much more common among all racial/ethnic and income groups, but the health savings accounts (HSAs) that make these plans potentially workable are far less common among Black, Hispanic, and lower-income enrollees–and the gap is growing. That’s according to a new Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) study […]

Rivers melt Arctic ice, warming air and ocean

Water from Canada’s Mackenzie River enters the blue Arctic Ocean in July 2012. White areas in the top half of the photo are largely sea ice, while those below are clouds over land. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory A new study shows that increased heat from Arctic rivers is melting sea ice in the Arctic Ocean […]

Has the hidden matter of the universe been discovered? — ScienceDaily

Astrophysicists consider that around 40% of the ordinary matter that makes up stars, planets and galaxies remains undetected, concealed in the form of a hot gas in the complexe cosmic web. Today, scientists at the Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (CNRS/Université Paris-Saclay) may have detected, for the first time, this hidden matter through an innovative statistical analysis […]

Warfarin use significantly increases risk of knee and hip replacement in people with OA

ATLANTA — New research presented at ACR Convergence, the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting, shows that use of warfarin, a vitamin K drug widely prescribed to prevent blood clots, is associated with a significantly greater risk of knee and hip replacements in patients with osteoarthritis (ABSTRACT #0934). Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common joint disease […]

Why consumers think pretty food is healthier

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A researcher from University of Southern California published a new paper in the Journal of Marketing that explores whether attractive food might seem healthier to consumers. The study forthcoming in the Journal of Marketing is titled “Pretty Healthy Food: How and When Aesthetics Enhance Perceived Healthiness” and is authored by Linda […]

How gentle body movement will charge your mobile phone — ScienceDaily

Researchers have found a way to produce nylon fibres that are smart enough to produce electricity from simple body movement, paving the way for smart clothes that will monitor our health through miniaturised sensors and charge our devices without any external power source. This discovery — a collaboration between the University of Bath, the Max […]